When I first read the headline to the story, a laugh spilled from my mouth automatically, almost as did the coffee I was imbibing. It was at first glance a knee-slapper. But the gravity of the truth wrapped within the news item drew my attention more deeply.
The headline stated: “House Chaplain Casts Out Demons During Morning Prayer in Capitol Building.”
My thought was at first: If he exorcised all the demons weaving their way in and out of the House of Representatives in Washington, DC, there might not be enough of that body left to conduct government business.
That’s not, perhaps, a kind way to think of our elected representatives. But with the things going on there and in and around all of what has come to be called the swamp, my instantaneous take on that headline seemingly is justifiable.
This is the gist of the story.
Reverend Patrick Conroy serves as the House of Representatives Chaplain in Washington, D.C. and regularly starts the day off for lawmakers with prayer. Thursday’s invocation was a little more serious than most days for Rev. Conroy. The Roman Catholic Priest prayed specifically to cast out the demons inside Capitol Hill.
As reported by Fox News, Rev. Conroy said, “This has been a difficult and contentious week in which darker spirits seem to have been at play in the people’s House.”
“Then, in a dramatic moment, Conroy raised both hands and said, ‘In Your most holy name, I cast out all spirits of darkness from this chamber. Spirits not from You. I cast out the spirit of discouragement which deadens the hope of those who are of goodwill.'”
“I cast out the spirit of petty divisiveness which clouds the sense and the desire to be of fruitful productivity and addressing the issues more appropriately before this House,” he prayed. “I cast out any sadness brought on by the frustration of dealing with matters detrimental to the honorable work each member has been called to engage in.”
Rev. Conroy is a Jesuit priest, an order of the Catholic Church. He has been serving as House Chaplain since 2011. (“House Chaplain Casts Out Demons During Morning Prayer In Capitol,” by Timothy Meads, Townhall.com, posted on raptureready.com , July 19, 2019)
I don’t mean to make fun of this gentleman’s desire, nor his attempts, to cast out the dark spirits from the House of Representatives. But, if it had happened in actuality, I’m of the opinion there would have been an audible swooshing, not unlike the sound made by your favorite brand of vacuum cleaner. I can say this with a degree of certainty because our congressional bodies are considered the highest levels, in human terms, of powers and principalities.
Here, again, is what God’s Word, through the Apostle Paul, has to say about this very matter of dark spirits and high places.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. (Ephesians 6:12)
Such august human political, religious, and educational bodies are where these minions reside in great numbers. Their human consorts too often do their bidding, and we certainly are witnessing as never before the activities of these powers and principalities in high places.
In my opinion, we can sense the evil, bony, fingers of these dark powers and principalities manipulating their congressional human pawns. For example, the four freshmen Democrat House members who term themselves “the Squad” lead the way in taking that party ever farther from common sensibility and morality so long associated with American comportment.
One of the four in particular exhibits a virulent hatred for the nation Israel. Even under pressure to do so by such powerful people as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar, a Muslim, refuses to back off her angry statements condemning all Jews and the nation Israel. At the same time, she and the other three of “the Squad” want to destroy America as founded and replace it with their vision of a socialist utopia.
The Democrat majority in the House of Representatives, now led, in effect, by Millennial types such as these four anti-America as founded women, seek to bring minuscule minority elements such as LGBTQ and others dedicated to doing away with moral restraint to the forefront of governing the culture. They intend to make the perversions that used to be unmentionable in public the new norm for living life in America.
The “Squad’s” party has stood with great applause in adulation over their fellow party members making it legal in several states to murder babies right after their births. This done all for the woman’s right to choose who lives and dies. There is now movement afoot among these same congressional types to make euthanasia legal in cases of the elderly and infirm.
And, these very minions of the dark powers and principalities have the audacity to accuse as being Nazis this president and those who support his wanting to bring America back to its founding principles.
The Lord, at present, has the dark powers, both human and demonic, in derision, as He states in Psalm 2. While I can’t say I go along with either the Catholic idea of practicing Christianity, or with their view of exorcising evil spirits, I’m with this chaplain in wishing to cast out those powers and principalities.
Again, we are told to “stand” in these evil, closing days of the age. We are instructed how to spiritually dress in order to oppose these angry, anti-God entities”
Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints. (Ephesians 6:13-18)
The following link will take you to Terry’s interviews at VTN (Victory Television Network) with Arkansas Alive program host Pastor Happy Caldwell.
They discuss Terry’s latest books and talk in-depth about issues and events of these prophetic times.
Everyone who has access to any news outlet is familiar with the wall mentioned hundreds of times by Donald Trump throughout the 2016 presidential campaign and right up to the present. Now president, Trump continues to proclaim that he will build a wall on America’s southern border.
That highly controversial proposed wall involves Mr. Trump’s promise to keep illegal would-be immigrants from entering the United States. Those who support building of such a wall obviously believe this will prevent potential terrorists from entering the country en masse, as they fear is happening presently.
A physical structure of the nature described by some will be a massive and expensive undertaking to be sure. And, the angry debate over it’s construction shows it won’t be an easy thing to get it built. But it, in my opinion, needs to be constructed in order to keep American citizens safe.
There is a wall of another sort I would like to think on for a bit. This is a structure that also involves keeping America safe. However, it is a wall not of physical materials as in the case of the one proposed to stand between America and Mexico. I’m referring to the barrier that has suddenly appeared with the election of this president. Again, it is not a physical wall, but one that is made of much sterner stuff–as Shakespeare’s Mark Antony might put it.
Globalism’s growing invasion into the American way of life has been marching all but unchecked for at least two decades. Its force of movement into all strata of life increased dramatically during the administration of Barack Obama.
Globalism’s threat is greater than just the hordes of illegals from the south–those illegals being but one ingredient within the globalist elite’s plans of action: to bring America into configuration with new world order as they envision it. The danger implied stretches across the broad spectrum of culture and society of our nation.
The inculcation has been a long time in process. The youth of America in particular have been dumbed-down to the point that they know little of truth about the country’s founding principles.
The churches of America have not, since the days of the Moral Majority efforts, resisted the globalist drive to take the nation as far away from God’s influence as possible. The godless teaching of the corrupted and corruptive educational system from K through the doctorate programs has convinced many that there must be a separation of church and state. That demand has come down, finally, to governmental dictate–approved by the Supreme Court–that opposition to social matters perceived as anti-biblical must be confined to the sanctuaries.
Just as this president plans to put up that wall to stem the physical flow of illegals in to America, there has suddenly been erected an even more spectacular wall.
It is a spiritual wall, as I view it. God, Himself, has put it up for His own good purposes. It is, almost certainly in part, a wall to stop the globalist invaders from continuing to move the United States farther along the pathway toward the new world order being prepared for Antichrist and his regime of horror. I wrote the following in my commentary that immediately preceded the November 8 presidential election.
Although the nucleus of God’s people who hold fast to the Heavenly Father’s precepts and promises might be a dwindling number, we are still here in the hundreds of thousands, if not millions. We are engaged in this prayer war for a restoration of sanity in America’s government, society and culture.
We are praying specifically that the evil forces that are raging to make this nation into a state totally apart from all godliness will be, at least on an interim basis, kept from their Luciferian goal.
I say “on an interim basis,” because Bible prophecy plainly foretells that the satanic, globalist forces will for a time one day achieve establishment of a one-world order as Antichrist’s platform of power. It will happen. It’s just a matter of time.
Meantime, however, while the church of Jesus Christ is here, thus the Restrainer (the Holy Spirit) resident within that body holding back evil, it is right and proper–and I believe expected–that God’s people, called by His name, are to pray the prayer of 2 Chronicles 7:14.
God has erected this wall in answer to the prayers of His people. Yet, only He knows the purposes in full. One reason, I sense, is to give the true church (all born-again believers) time and room to carry out the Great Commission. At the same time, as I’ve written previously, this wall seems to offer hope of a brighter economic future. The free enterprise forces seem to be saying this with their optimism.
But, this, if it does eventuate, makes these days just ahead precisely like the time predicted when Christ will next catastrophically intervene into the affairs of mankind.
Jesus indicated, as recorded in Matthew 24:36-42 and Luke 17:26-30 that business will be good–even perhaps booming–at the time He next intervenes. This will be the Rapture of the church.
There is one more wall I wish to touch on in this essay–the wall that separates lost mankind from God and Heaven in eternity. The wall is made of the awful, soul-killing matter called sin. Man himself constructed this wall with his disobedience in the Garden of Eden. This wall keeps all of the lost of mankind from entering into God’s Kingdom. They are aliens who cannot go through that great barrier.
But, God has provided a Gate in that great wall of separation. It is a narrow gate that leads to salvation, the Scripture tells us.
Jesus put it this way: “I am the door: if by me any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture” (John 10:9).
I believe the reason God has constructed this wall against globalism is primarily to provide time and opportunity to get out this message that Jesus is the only way to salvation. Let us who are called by His Holy Name do our utmost for His Highest in honoring Him for allowing this reprieve.
My desire was to take this week’s Nearing Midnight commentary in a direction other than end-times geopolitics. It seems this area of stage-setting for fulfilled prophecy has too often dominated my thinking on how near we might be to Christ’s call to the Church. But, my desire was overridden; I am convicted, by the Spirit’s nudge to deal again with things involving globalism.
In preparing for taping a television interview (which by the time this commentary appears will have been completed), one of the interview questions the network gave me kept flashing in my mind’s eye: “If we’re headed to a new world order and one-world system…if it’s been prophesied in Scripture…then what would you say to those who might ask, ‘Then, why fight against it?’”
The first answer that leaped to mind was Paul the apostle’s exhortation as recorded in Ephesians chapter 6. That’s the one we’ve used often in these articles –the description of the battle we face: not against flesh and blood, but against spiritual wickedness in high places.
We as believers are to dress in the whole armor of God and stand against this evil.
I can find no better reason in Scripture for doing as instructed in that preparation for battle against the things so obviously on Satan’s agenda as we near that midnight hour of the Tribulation.
We who name the name of Christ are not alone as we fight this crucial battle. The Lord Himself is leading the way.
I don’t want to be misunderstood here. I do not intend to give the current president of the United States glory that belongs to our Lord. Mr. Trump, as pointed out many times in these essays, is but an instrument used to accomplish God’ will–wittingly or unwittingly. I do, however, believe that this president is beginning to get the message, through those God has placed around him. That message is that he–Mr. Trump–is in that office and is apparently, for a time determined by the God of Heaven, impervious to the unbelievably virulent assaults that continue to come against him.
So it was that I kept having the interview question flashing in my thoughts.
“If we’re headed to a new world order and one-world system…if it’s been prophesied in Scripture…then what would you say to those who might ask, ‘Then, why fight against it?’”
The answer, in addition to the one involving Ephesians 6, should include this: We should fight against the globalists trying to bring on the Antichrist platform for world rule because the struggle is working. True, it is a temporary stopgap against the evil that is so obviously assaulting America’s sovereignty and the last bastion of freedom around the world. But it is indeed working for this end-of-the-age moment so near the time of the Rapture.
The Lord is seeing to it that we are able to stand against that wickedness in high places. That force consists of Satan’s minions, both human and demonic.
We have to look no further than one considered by many to be a prime mover in the effort to bring America into a one-world configuration, to bring this president of the United States down so that a globalist can be installed in the office.
We get a picture of our struggle being successful by looking at a quite interesting article:
George Soros recently expressed his frustration that “everything that could go wrong has gone wrong” referring to the rapid dismantling of the New World Order spearheaded by President Donald Trump.
The billionaire globalist who financed of countless Color Revolutions all across the world told the Washington Post that he was “living in [his] own bubble” due to failing to foresee Trump’s meteoric rise.
Soros expressed fears that Trump “is willing to destroy the world” and vowed to “redouble [his] efforts” by pouring millions of dollars into opposing everything that the President stands for all across the world.
In a recent report by the New York Times, it was revealed that Soros and Hillary Clinton paid women to accuse Donald Trump of rape.
Since the report broke, Soros gobbled up a lion’s share of the publication by buying $3 million worth of stocks in the NY Times.
While the Hungarian-American might come off as full of doom and gloom in his interview, he actually has a reason to feel that way because Trump has single-handedly presided over the dismantlement of the Liberal-Globalist world order that Soros has worked for decades to build. (George Soros: Trump Is Winning, He’s Destroying the New World Order, Globalist fears the Presidents dramatic rise in popularity, Daniel Newton, @ Neon Nettle, 22nd June 2018, © press)
As indicated in the title of this article, George shouldn’t fret. He’ll eventually get the new world order he craves. He has God’s Word on it:
And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. (Revelation 13:16-17)
But that same Word goes on to say further:
And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. (Revelation 19:11-15)
Come to think of it, George, on second thought, you should be worried. No doubt about it!
We are moving into stranger and stranger times, I sense from consideration of recent developments. Chief among those developments involves the most obvious–the election of the presidential candidate thought to have no chance at all in the 2016 election. Yet here he is, embarked upon Making America Great Again–as his presidential campaign slogan would have it.
This being the case, I would ask that you indulge me just a bit, as I would like to construct a scenario or two based as much in biblically prophetic truth as in fictional cogitation.
That America has been forced toward movement into the globalist mold over the past several decades is without question in my view. This was the case during the eight years of the Obama administration. The nation’s sovereignty has been in process of usurpation by the new world order builders through a series of quasi-legitimate executive orders.
It is more than obvious, to me at least, that the United States was moving along an seemingly unalterable course dictated by the globalists’ agenda. The 2016 presidential election didn’t just slow that movement; it halted it in its tracks. President Donald J. Trump is an avowed anti-globalist. He views America not as the hegemonic superpower that must be brought down to third-world status, its wealth redistributed in order to create some insanely conceived socialistic Utopia, but as beneficent leader of a world of autonomous nations.
My idea isn’t to sing the praises of this president. He is merely a man who has been thrust into the end-times picture for God’s own great purpose. My thinking here is to explore and examine a bit the possibilities that purpose might include.
Thus we come to the title of this commentary: “The A B C Questions.”
I watch with great interest the uptick in the world’s fiscal markets as the wizards of finance contemplate changes taking place in our country. The records being set in the stock markets, etc., move in synchronization with the strangeness of Trump’s election. The whole matter, to my way of thinking, generates questions involving Bible prophecy potentiality.
My questions and ruminations follow.
AMERICA–Is this nation, rather than being on the brink of imploding economically as most prophecy students thought before the presidential election of 2016, now about to enter a time of, perhaps, unprecedented financial boom?
Most who have been responsible for making profit within the private sector knew and lamented that regulations coming out of the Obama administration were deadly to business development. Mr. Obama, himself, boasted that he had “a pen and a phone”–meaning that he could and would bypass Congress to accomplish what he wanted done. This he did prolifically. His use of his pen and phone was particularly ruinous to the free enterprise system in this nation.
Increased taxation, added to the regulatory edicts, resulted in horrendous job losses because of business down-sizings and closings. The nation seemed poised to go much deeper into the economic abyss. The election of Donald J. Trump, a highly successful business mogul, suddenly turned things around with rolling back taxes and regulations and introducing a plethora of innovations.
The financial markets by and large have bought the promises, and the uptick in the stratospheric of economic anticipation shows it.
All of this just doesn’t fit the thinking of observers of Bible prophecy. Most seem to look for America to succumb to the forces of globalism. And, as stated before, the nation was certainly headed in that direction prior to the 2016 election.
So, it is reasonable to ask whether the United States of America might be headed into an even greater economic boom instead of descending into depression as feared just over two and ahalf years ago. This conjecture brings forth another most interesting question.
BABYLON–Could we now be witness to the beginnings of the creation of the prophetic entity termed “Babylon the Great”?
Revelation chapter 18 presents a stunning portrait of the greatest human commercial entity of all of history. This nation and city is prophesied to dominate all the earth with its commerce and debaucheries. Here’s what is said of this city-state called “Babylon the Great”:
For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies. (Revelation 18:3)
This Babylonian system will be destroyed in one hour, God’s Word tells us. It will be a much-deserved judgment. All the world will mourn this destruction.
And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see he smoke of her burning, Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come. And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more. (Revelation 18:9-11)
Here you will, I hope, indulge my postulations a bit. If this generation is at the very end of he Age of Grace (Church Age) as most who are well-versed in Bible prophecy from the pre-Trib view believe, there is but one entity on the stage of history that could possibly be seen as doing business in such a mighty way as described in this prophecy.
For there to develop from the ground up such a commercial power, it would take decades, not just seven, or even twenty years. America, if there was a massive ginning up of enterprise, could possibly reach such heights of interaction with the rest of the world in a matter of a year or two. There is simply no nation on the planet that has ever been so materially blessed as the USA. There is no other city on planet earth that has the commercial outreach and influence as New York City.
Seeing as how the timeline seems to be a major factor in this prophecy–this destruction of Babylon the Great taking place within the seven-year Tribulation–we can legitimately ask, I think: Is America to develop into that judgment-bound entity?
Perhaps we might get a clue if the optimistic outlook of the current stock market elites plays out as they, at least at this moment, anticipate.
CHRISTIANITY —Is Christianity about to experience a Great Awakening like in times past?
I have been hearing for years now preachers and others saying that there will be a great revival before the Rapture. Some of those who don’t hold that there is a Rapture coming also say there will be another Great Awakening, as in times past.
I’ve never held that belief, I must say. However, the strange turn of events–with the anti-God forces of the left and the globalists’ ravenous attempts to gobble up the United States being suddenly halted–or so it seems–one has to question” why?”.
Could we be about to experience a final outpouring of God’s great mercy in the form of the true church carrying out the Great Commission in a Holy Spirit directed outburst of supernatural witness?
I have heard Dr. Charles Stanley and other great preachers I trust exhorting God’s children to pray for such an outpouring of Holy Spirit revival. Stanley says he’s talking about revival meaning Christians turning their repentance and faithful obedience back to God, rather than meaning many souls being saved. Salvation of souls would result from God’s Family being “revived.” Part of that revival would be being faithful to carrying out the Great Commission.
Whatsoever the things going on in this late hour of the age, God is up to something big, Dr. Stanley says. I agree. Let us Watch and work while these times come to a close.
“What I say unto one, I say unto all. Watch” (Mark 13: 37)
Perhaps it is misnomer to call those principalities and powers, both human and otherworldly, “Orwellian.” Certainly, it is unfair to George Orwell, the author of the dystopian novel 1984 to link him in such a way to things taking place in these closing days of the age. He was determined, even while suffering severely debilitating illness, to forewarn of dark, evil forces capable of enslaving mankind.
“Orwellian,” however, is exactly a term that best encapsulates the technologies and their applications assaulting this generation. Citizens of the United States today are almost as closely watched as the people of Orwell’s fictional dictatorships or the people of present-day Britain. One can’t move around while shopping or for other purposes without being caught on cameras that stare down from a number of vantage points.
It is fascinating to watch documentaries featuring policing agencies as they investigate crimes. They use surveillance cameras to study the forensic evidence, putting together increments of time with various locations to retrace criminals engaged in murders or whatever.
I long ago wrote a novel about how such a society would develop, leading up to the Rapture and beyond. While Jacob’s Trouble 666 might have been considered “far out there” when I wrote it way back there, it probably would seem behind the times to today’s readers. The same with the novelistic endeavors of George Orwell, Aldous Huxley (Brave New World), and others who have written in the dystopian genre prior to the developments we see all around us today.
As it’s said: Life imitates art. The imagination has turned into reality and has gone far beyond. We are witnessing what most surely will eventuate in the Antichrist system of control being implemented in the not-too-distant future.
Recently, a friend sent me an article he thought was the best he had read on what’s happening with regard to surveillance in these last of the last days. I agree that it is an outstanding piece, covering in depth the many aspects of an Orwellian world in the making. I recommend that you read it.
The writer says, in part, the following:
We have arrived, way ahead of schedule, into the dystopian future dreamed up by not only Orwell but also such fiction writers as Aldous Huxley, Margaret Atwood and Philip K. Dick.
“If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.” – George Orwell…
What once seemed futuristic no longer occupies the realm of science fiction.
Incredibly, as the various nascent technologies employed and shared by the government and corporations alike—facial recognition, iris scanners, massive databases, behavior prediction software, and so on—are incorporated into a complex, interwoven cyber network aimed at tracking our movements, predicting our thoughts and controlling our behavior, the dystopian visions of past writers is fast becoming our reality.
Our world is characterized by widespread surveillance, behavior prediction technologies, data mining, fusion centers, driverless cars, voice-controlled homes, facial recognition systems, cybugs and drones, and predictive policing (pre-crime) aimed at capturing would-be criminals before they can do any damage. Surveillance cameras are everywhere. Government agents listen in on our telephone calls and read our emails. Political correctness—a philosophy that discourages diversity—has become a guiding principle of modern society…
We are increasingly ruled by multi-corporations wedded to the police state.
What many fail to realize is that the government is not operating alone. It cannot. The government requires an accomplice. Thus, the increasingly complex security needs of the massive federal government, especially in the areas of defense, surveillance and data management, have been met within the corporate sector, which has shown itself to be a powerful ally that both depends on and feeds the growth of governmental overreach.
In fact, Big Tech wedded to Big Government has become Big Brother, and we are now ruled by the Corporate Elite whose tentacles have spread worldwide. (“The Omnipresent Surveillance State: Orwell’s 1984 Is No Longer Fiction,” John W. Whitehead, via The Rutherford Institute June 10, 2019 https://www.rutherford.org/publications_resources/john_whiteheads_commentary/the_omnipresent_surveillance_state_orwells_1984_is_no_longer_fiction)
We can say “Amen” to Mr. Whitehead’s assessment, having spent the past two and a half years watching deep-state government types try to bring down a president. They have used technology and clandestine shenanigans in their high places to try to pull off a coup d’état because of election results they could not abide.
Their efforts have not abated, nor will they as we progress toward the presidential election of 2020. As pointed out a number of times, we are in the Ephesians 6:12 battle not only for the U.S. presidency and governmental control, but for the very souls of men, women, and children.
The technological march to electronically enslave all of mankind proceeds at a level forewarned by the prophet Daniel (Daniel 12:4). It will all come to culmination in the marks-and-numbering system of Revelation 13:16-18.
The Orwellians are waging war indeed! It means we are nearing the midnight hour of human history. The Lord is restraining these who are in an insane rage. They will ultimately pay the price for their rebellion.
The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. (Psalms 2:2-4)
Listening the last 2 years to the “experts” thinking aloud on what the last presidential election meant is exercise in frustration, if not futility. The talking heads across the cable and broadcast spectrum have consistently attributed Donald Trump’s win to everything from the fake news of a Trump-Russian collusion to news media’s biased poll-taking and misreading of exit polling the day of the election. These throw in that those in charge of the losing campaign just didn’t understand the people of middle America. They didn’t see the people’s pent-up rage against the Washington establishment–the D.C. insiders.
All of these elements no doubt contributed to that election–as many of the pundits framed it–eventuating in a totally unexpected outcome. But, it is the never-mentioned aspect of that 2016 election dynamic that is frustrating to me as a Christian. It is this that produces a sense of futility.
No one in media has talked about the 81% – 84% (depending upon the figure you accept) of “evangelicals” who turned out in that election. Christian participation just isn’t figured in at the highest levels of broadcast and cable punditry.
This means, to me, that the experts believe the 2016 election had nothing to do with our being fed up with the social debauchery and degradation that took place, particularly over the Obama years. The homosexual, transsexual, same-sex marriage agenda, with mandated same-sex, multiple-occupancy public restrooms, had no influence on the voting in that election year, the experts are saying with their silence. We, the voters–who are Christians and came out in numbers that have not been seen in many elections–apparently weren’t (according to the pundits) making a statement that we were fed up with our White House being bathed in rainbow colors emblematic of the homosexual lobby. We aren’t sick and tired of having the homosexual rainbow flag flown atop that same American presidential edifice, is the message of the pundits’ silence.
That electoral landslide against the candidate and party that crammed down America’s throat all of this hellishness–mostly through presidential, executive order-fiat–had nothing to do with the social issues, I guess we are to take away from this silence.
That we are disgusted with small bakery owners being publicly humiliated and fined for refusing to bake same-sex wedding cakes obviously isn’t considered worth mentioning in the analysis of that 2016 election results. The absolute horrors and atrocities that we learned about involving Planned Parenthood and the selling of human baby body parts didn’t, in the thinking of the post-election, political analysts, figure in our collective voting statement.
It was all about terrorism, wallet issues, and building back America’s defense, while determining to “drain the swamp.”
These were all important issues in my own thinking, as in the thinking of many other Christians, while election day approached. But, in addition to stopping a further tearing down of America’s founding structure, I wanted–and continue to want–a government that will stop the anti-godliness, down the road of which the Obama administration deliberately moved this nation.
As expressed previously in these commentaries, it was God’s people praying the prayer of 2 Chronicles 7:14 that turned that election so dramatically. This is the answer the pundits are seeking when they ask incessantly about what happened that the news media types missed. How could this election have turned out so differently than expected right up until 9 p.m. EST Tuesday, November 8, 2016?
The fact is that the throne room of Heaven was deluged day and night with God’s people imploring Him for mercy–asking that He hear from Heaven and answer our prayers. This, of course required repentance–not of America’s population, but of God’s people. It is more than obvious that He did hear and answered in a spectacular way. God cannot lie, and He promised He would answer such prayer–uttered under biblically prerequisite conditions.
Now, the question is: Will we who are called by His name continue to pray and to follow up on those prerequisite conditions? How we respond will determine how our nation–and our lives–fare over the coming days, months, and, perhaps, years.
We have proof that our Lord answers prayers in a spectacular way. The pundits will never see it, but we who did and are doing the praying certainly understand.
We can further understand God’s influence in that stunning election by the truly Christian people He has placed among the power elite that govern us.
So, in this pre-Tribulation time, we have a window of opportunity to honor our Lord’s merciful answer in giving us a leadership that promises a return to founding principles. Along with that merciful action, it is also obvious that we have been given a course-correction, a return to the moral pathway–out of the depravity foisted on us in recent years.
We don’t have to wonder about how to honor His mercy and kindness in having answered our prayers. His number-one priority has always been and will always be the salvation of souls. We are expected to honor His decision to give America a reprieve–I have no doubt–in order to, first and foremost, lift Jesus Christ so that the Holy Spirit draws all to Christ for salvation.
Just beneath that all-important mission for God’s people in America is to let the pastors of our churches know that the true, Christ-believing bodies of worship should be devoted to teaching and preaching truth. That is, we are now, more than ever, to be the Philadelphian church and not the Laodicean church (read Revelation chapter 3).
There is no doubt that we see this gracious, merciful, moving of God’s hand in America. However, there are also signals that are growing stronger by the day that we are in times at the very end of the age.
Jesus forewarned in the Olivet Discourse that there would be great ethnic strife. We have been seeing it manifested in American cities. The seas and waves of humanity are “roaring” in America and in Europe. The 2016 election has intensified that roaring, I believe.
People who continue to refuse to accept the election results are exemplifying the apostle Paul’s perilous times characteristic “incontinent”–or, “out of control.” Jesus said societal conditions will be exactly like now when He intervenes catastrophically into the affairs of mankind. That will happen with the Rapture.
With the United States now seeming to be headed back toward the America we once knew and loved, with the promises of the Trump Administration, we can enjoy our moment of gratefulness.
However, this time of national renewal is also likely to be a time like described by Jesus–a time that will bring His next catastrophic intervention into the affairs of mankind. That time might just be upon us.
“Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.” (Matthew 24: 44)